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American singer Ledisi is set to play Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a new biopic alongside Columbus Short, who will star as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story” is an upcoming biopic that will depict iconic and legendary singer Mahalia Jackson’s life and career, according to Essence. Ledisi says she’s honored to take on the role. “I am honored to be given a chance to paint the world through Mahalia’s eyes and sing her songs,” she said.

Working with her will be Columbus Short, who will be playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Short, 38, says he’s always wanted to portray the Civil Rights leader. “I have dreamed of playing this role for many years,” said Short. “It’s truly a great honor to portray a man that has made such an indelible impact on society and to all of ours lives. I am thankful to Ericka for the opportunity and proud to play alongside a wonderful cast.” Ledisi said seeing Short become Dr. King was a tremendous sight on set. “Watching Columbus Short transform into Dr. Martin Luther King has been inspiring,” she said.

The project was written by Ericka Nicole Malone, who also will be executive producing the project. “Remember Me is my personal thank you letter to the Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson, honoring her for her amazing legacy in Gospel Music, Civil Rights, and her shining example of an extraordinarily powerful Black woman,” said Malone. 

The cast also includes well-known actors Janet Hubert and Wendy Raquel Robinson. “I am sharing space with so many amazing actors and with Ericka Nicole Malone’s words and being under the direction of the Great Denise Dowse’s I am thrilled to be telling the story of New Orleans Gospel Legend Mahalia Jackson,” concluded Ledisi.

The biopic will be directed by Denise Dowse, according to Deadline. Phillip Robinson will assist Malone as an executive producer, and Vince Allen will serve as a producer. 

 




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New Voting Rights Act Named After John Lewis To Come “by August”

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House Majority Whip James Clyburn said on MSNBC’sThe Sunday Show” that he plans to get the John Lewis Voting Rights Act on President Joe Biden’s desk by August.

Clyburn explained, “What we’re attempting to do now, we’ve renamed HR-4 in honor of John Lewis. We want to pass that bill. We’re doing exactly what the Supreme Court said we should do — update the formula.”

“In the next six months, as you did before, by August 6, we want to have on President Biden’s desk a new voting rights act in order — named after John Lewis — to restore the efficacy of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” he added. “I think we can do it.”

On August 6, 1965, then-President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, exactly 56 years before Clyburn promised the new act would be signed.

The executive order coincides with the 56th anniversary of that protest, known as Bloody Sunday.

Biden said, “Today, on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, I am signing an executive order to make it easier for eligible voters to register to vote and improve access to voting.” He added, “Every eligible voter should be able to vote and have that vote counted. If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.”

According to the White House, Biden’s executive order is an “initial step.” The president intends to collaborate with Congress to reinstate the Voting Rights Act, which abolished discriminatory practices such as literacy tests for voting eligibility.

“I also urge Congress to fully restore the Voting Rights Act, named in John Lewis’ honor,” Biden said.

 




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Burger King tried it when the corporation’s official Twitter page sent out this tweet at 4 a.m. Monday: “Women belong in the kitchen.”

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The fast food giant quickly followed up its troll tweet with:

“If they want to, of course. Yet only 20% of chefs are women. We’re on a mission to change the gender ratio in the restaurant industry by empowering female employees with the opportunity to pursue a culinary career.”

The tweet was meant to coincide with Women’s month in America, but Burger King’s followers said the tweet was in poor taste and called for BK to delete it.

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But Burger King doubled down.

“Why would we delete a tweet that’s drawing attention to a huge lack of female representation in our industry, we thought you’d be on board with this as well? We’ve launched a scholarship to help give more of our female employees the chance to pursue a culinary career.

“Our ‘thought process’ is that women are shockingly underrepresented in our industry, and we thought it was time we did something about it. We’ve created a scholarship to give more of our female employees the chance to pursue a culinary career.”

BK’s followers were not impressed with the scholarship offer. One Twitter user accused BK of trying to run interference for the Royal Family after Meghan Markle and Harry Windsor’s disastrous tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday.

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